More news on the new piece …. I hired the committed to cloth brand new studio for three days last weekend, fri sat and sun.. do look at the new website that Leslie has created. She has lots going on with some great tutors coming to teach there. It is not far from the M25 just after the Reigate turn and before the Gatwick one. Eleven print tables and I was able to use all of them at once! The new piece which I am calling ‘Communion’ requires 30 two metre panels and I have, after three twelve hour days on the benches, fifteen panels all printed with the backgrounds …it took nearly the whole first day to cut the fabrics and put them through the soda soak in readiness for the thickened procion MX dyes…. the first day was completed by creating two small samples so that I could decide on my intentions for the remaining two days….it took an hour for the first application of colour for each panel which was the base patterning in grey and in brown… then I applied colour over these which was a further 40 mins for each! Not going to tell you about the colour or the imagery at this stage, suffice to say this is me returning to stonking colour after several years of being very neutral… I am thrilled with the results, havent done the rinsing yet but half the panels are now sorted… obviously not ready for the stitch yet, but hopefuly i will have all the panels ready to stitch over the Easter break from college and teaching… watch this space!
A wonderful weekend at the ICHF show. I was involved in four different stands so I didn’t get out into the show much, it was very busy every day. I managed to get out to do a bit of shopping and meet up with some old friends. this is the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show which is now held alongside Hobbycrafts and Sewing for Pleasure.
ByDesign had their Marginal exhibition, do go to our website where I expect there will be pics soon, http://www.bydesigntextiles.co.uk.
My summer 2013 graduates from the Foundation Degree Stitched textiles had their own stand in the college section. They are going to be exhibiting at the autumn Knit and Stitch shows under the name Marks and Stitch. I am really looking forward to seeing their next body of work now that they are ex students.
Bobby Britnell had an exhibition of children’s shoes. she is involved with supporting a village in Uganda and Janet Middleton has made pairs of children’s shoes from barkcloth that lots of us have decorated for the charity, do go to the website to see more. http://www.handsupforuganda.org . there were 120 tiny pairs of shoes, a wonderful display which will also be at the EXCEL show next weekend , sister show to the nec one
Finally, I had a demonstration stand where I had a lot of fun printing from bits and pieces from a dismantled sewing machine!
here are some pics of the college stand and my demonstrator stand
Finally I have some photos to show you of my show at Whitchurch which is on until 1st March. Very difficult to photograph quilts inside glass cabinets. There are two of them, one is upstairs in the tearoom, I have a new ten panel piece of work which shows ten different people gathered in the all glass cabinet, together with my self portrait and the five small hanging markmaking pieces that some of you will have seen at the Autumn Knitting and Stitchiing shows. these are neutral in colour, mainly black and cream. I also included my sketchbook where I drew the visitors into my gallery at Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show in November. As you see from the pictures, it is incredibly difficult to photograph because of all the reflections, but, I kind of like those reflections interfering with the pieces
The other cabinet is downstairs in the entrance, I have eight quilts in glorious colour, this is a front facing glass cabinet so not so difficult as far as reflections are concerned, but, it is full so getting in there with a camera is really tricky, for me anyway.